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Introspect and pledge to do everything to make India the number one country for tourism, Union Tourism Minister


Posted : 11 October 2021 06:33:26 | By TWO Bureau | GNN Bureau

Introspect and pledge to do everything to make India the number one country for tourism, Union Tourism Minister

Union Tourism Minister G. Kishan Reddy while virtually addressing a Conference on Buddhist Circuit at Varanasi, UP, said, “In this very special year which marks the 75th anniversary of our nation’s independence we must introspect and pledge to do everything to make India the number one country for tourism. As we celebrate the various events nationwide through 'Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’, I do request your support in maximising participation” Reddy further added that the Tourism Ministry is working with various Ministries and organisations with the aim to improve the hard and soft infrastructure to improve the tourist and pilgrim experience to all the sites.

During his virtual address, G. Kishan Reddy said that Buddhism originated in ancient India more than 2500 years ago and spread through much of Asia. “With close to 500 million followers, Buddhists represent 7% of the world’s total population. The Indian Buddhist heritage is of great interest to the followers of Buddhism all over the world”, he added. 

Reddy further said that the philosophy of Lord Buddha guides many Indians even as they pursue other religions. He added that the Buddhist circuit is India’s pride. The important Buddhist sites currently receive approximately 6% of nationwide foreign tourist arrivals with Sarnath and Bodh Gaya leading the pack. Under Swadesh Darshan Scheme, Tourism Ministry sanctioned 5 projects of Rs 325.53 crore for Buddhist circuit development in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh

The event was attended by State Minister (Independent Charge) Tourism, Culture & Religious Affairs, Uttar Pradesh Dr. Neelkanth Tiwari graced the event as chief Guest. Secretary of Ministry of Tourism, GoI Shri Arvind Singh; DG of Ministry of Tourism, GoI Shri G Kamla Vardhan Rao; ADG of MoT, GoI Smt. Rupinder Brar and other officers of the Ministry and State government were also present on this occasion.





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